About Melanie Podley

Melanie grew up in a musical family in the Big Sky Country of Bozeman, Montana.  Her musicality continues a long tradition of family members who have been band directors, church organists, piano teachers, and vocal soloists.  After several years studying piano, Melanie began her harp studies at age twelve with Nancy Wilson. Eventually her formal training led her to Los Angeles to pursue music at Pepperdine University with harpist Maria Casale.  Melanie received Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Music Education and Harp Performance from Pepperdine.  She also holds a post-graduate credential in education from California State University, Northridge.

In the Northwest regions Melanie has served as harpist for groups including the Intermountain Opera, the Montana State University Chamber Orchestra, the All-Northwest Orchestra, and the Montana Theatreworks Company; and has appeared as guest harpist for the Bozeman Flute and Harp Ensemble and the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra.  She held the position of principal harpist of the Butte Symphony for several years before moving to Los Angeles.

In Southern California Melanie has performed with various orchestral and choral organizations, including the Vietnamese-American Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pepperdine Community Orchestra, the Conejo Concerto Orchestra, Heaven’s Harp, and Pen Dinas Productions. She has premiered several original orchestral works on the harp in Los Angeles.  In addition to her freelance work, Melanie teaches harp lessons privately in Pasadena.